The weather has continued to be glorious, and we've all continued to chip away at personal projects. I climbed an amazing boulder a few weeks ago and earned a bloody souvenir that made climbing a bit more difficult for the next few days. Nine digits is just not the same. I am even more impressed with Tommy Caldwell's accomplishments now.
With the temps only getting hotter, we decided to seclude ourselves in the Ice Caves at the Sad Boulders for a few days. It was my first time to the Sads and I must say I was pleasantly impressed! As Wills describes it, "It's a poor man's Hueco Tanks." All the boulders in the Ice Caves are very steep and gymnastic, differing from the Buttermilks completely, making them a fun change!
Photos by Wills Young
We've also been trekking out to the Beehive area so Cory could work on The Swarm. The Beehive area is home to one of my proudest sends so far, and it is given a whopping three fluttery hearts! This boulder has been on my Bishop Wish List for years, and in the past I've just been too scared to commit to the finishing mantle crux.
Secrets of the Beehive!
When I grabbed the lip, I felt as though I had just climbed my first 8B. In other words, so psyched! I was gunning for the MVP Award with this terrifying highball ascent, but Erik ended up trumping me by doing both of the three-star Queen Sweet Nectars. Blast! Whoops, I mean, good work Erik!
We've still been playing with the direct finish on Evilution but the height and the fear make it incredibly intimidating, and motivation is dropping. This project of mine might just be best left for someone other than me.
Tomorrow Fritz and I are flying to Boulder for the weekend for ABS Nationals and I must say I will miss Bishop dearly. Thankfully, I'm only leaving for a couple days! :) We'll see how the competition goes when I show up with totally destroyed fingertips...
One last exciting bit of info... The Austrians & Co. have arrived!! We've been having a blast climbing all the classics together, they're toughening up their skin and I'm looking forward to see what's going to get done by my Euro beast friends! Yesterday Nalle did The Swarm in like five minutes. Ok maybe more like thirty, but either way, it was impressively quick.